Midland Is Proud To Make Traditional Country Cool Again

Carrying the proverbial torch of traditional country music is something the trio is proud to do.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 22, 2019


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Midland – Photo courtesy Big Machine Records

Midland burst onto the country music scene in early 2017. With a catchy debut single (“Drinkin’ Problem”) and a style reminiscent of country music in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the trio made an immediate impact on the country music genre.

Turning heads with the throwback vibes of their debut album, On The Rocks, Midland was praised for making country music cool again. Carrying the proverbial torch of traditional country music is something the trio is proud to do.

“It’s an honor,” Midland’s Jess Carson shares. “We formed this band, this sound, the aesthetic, everything, in Texas and we played in honky-tonks and we were blessed enough that there were people in Nashville that wanted to take a chance on it. We’ve had some success and we’re just going to keep doing what we do.”

Following the release of singles such as “Make a Little” and “Burn Out,” Midland recently returned to country radio with “Mr. Lonely,” the lead release from the trio’s much-anticipated sophomore album.

Written by Carson alongside his bandmates Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach and award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Mr. Lonely” embodies the vintage country sound that Midland has become known for.

“This is an irreverent honky-tonk, rock and roll song that’s a tip of the hat to that late 80s, early 90s, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, barroom anthems that would get everybody out of their bar stools off their seats and get on the dance floor and go have a good time,” Wystrach says of the song.

Midland dropped a rambunctious music video starring actor Dennis Quaid to accompany the toe-tapping song. Check out the hilarious clip below.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.